On May, 23rd, the SDGs-EYES project held a workshop in Turin, Italy, concentrating on the refinement of Pilot 2 “Extreme Temperature Risk in Turin (IT)”, a core component of the project’s comprehensive risk assessment tool, marking a significant milestone in its ongoing efforts. 

The workshop convened approximately 20 stakeholders, including representatives from local institutions, agencies, academia. The session began by presenting the risk assessment tool’s contents and methods, providing participants with an understanding of its potential applications and benefits. Following the demonstration, a plenary discussion was held to gather valuable feedback on the tool’s utility and potential improvements.

One of the key themes that emerged was the importance of data granularity. Stakeholders highlighted the necessity for the risk assessment tool to offer flexible data aggregation options, allowing for various levels of detail tailored to specific needs. Participants also recognized the relevance of the service proposed and the possibilities it opens in terms of data-driven policy making. They appreciated the comprehensive approach of the tool, which not only aids in risk assessment but also enhances decision-making processes by providing actionable insights. This positive reception highlights the potential impact of the SDGs-EYES tool in fostering more informed and effective policy interventions for sustainable urban development.

Health indicators and social factors were also central to the conversation. Participants emphasised the need to refine these indicators, particularly those addressing the impacts of heatwaves. Besides other demographic indicators already considered, it was suggested that social isolation should be considered a critical vulnerability factor.

The workshop also explored the potential of composite indicators to offer a holistic overview of urban risks. Participants discussed how these indicators could facilitate the development of various scenarios and policy interventions. 

Flexibility and usability were recurring themes throughout the workshop. The importance of making the tool adaptable to different users’ needs was stressed. This includes not only viewing data but also downloading datasets for further analysis. 

Effective communication of the tool’s outputs was highlighted as vital for fostering participatory processes and ensuring transparency. Stakeholders advocated for making maps and results accessible to citizens, thereby supporting community engagement .

In conclusion, the workshop underscored the collaborative effort required to refine and implement the SDGs-EYES  risk assessment tool. The feedback gathered from stakeholders will guide the next phases of the project, ensuring that the tool is responsive to the needs of its diverse users. 

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